Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller on Pace for Record-Breaking Season

Buckeyes' Braxton Miller on Pace for Record-Breaking Season

9/14/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller has made headline after headline with his uncanny ability to make plays in the open field with his legs or create unprecedented scoring drives with his accelerated improvement through the air.Blog Photo - Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller on Pace for Record-Breaking Season

Probably the most memorable one was the game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Smith against No. 15 Wisconsin, where he avoided multiple defenders before throwing a bomb into the end zone across his body with 31 seconds left in the game.

Miller is the complete dual-threat package and has undoubtedly made his mark at an early stage of his collegiate career.

Urban Meyer drooled over the fact that he'd get to coach such raw talent when taking on the job last November. Since, he's shaped Miller into a much more consistent passer while implementing an offense that fits his skill set to perfection.

When he was in Gainesville coaching the Gators, Meyer won two national championships with a pretty familiar face under center. I don't know if you've ever heard of the guy, but Tim Tebow is his name [you may "LOL" now].

During Tebow's Heisman-winning sophomore campaign, he completed 234-of-350 (66.9 percent) pass attempts for 3,286 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions, while rushing for 895 yards off 210 carries (4.3 ypc) and 23 scores.

Miller is nowhere near on track to succeed those passing numbers. In fact, he'll likely only reach two-thirds of it (around 2,200 yards).

However, he is on pace to beat not only Tebow's rushing statistics, but the NCAA record.

Blog Photo - Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller on Pace for Record-Breaking SeasonMichigan's Denard Robinson currently owns the Division-1A record for most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback with 1,702 (2010).

Miller is set to break that with 1,812.


The Buckeyes' schedule hasn't been the strongest, of course. They've faced lesser quality opponents in Miami (Oh.) and Central Florida, and will take on Cal and UAB before moving on to much more competitive conference play.

But with no true playmaker other than Miller on the offense, Meyer has no choice but to utilize his quarterback's strengths to help the team win — and that would be to run the football.

He could very well continue to receive 20-plus carries each time he steps on the field.

It's unlikely that Miller will end up as a Heisman candidate when it comes down to it, and that's just being realistic. For him to compete with Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, De'Anthony Thomas, and Co., he'll need to start racking up the passing numbers.

Still, in an Urban Meyer-led offensive attack, that's never out of the question.


Follow @Tyler_Waddell on Twitter
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview